March 2017

February Employee of the Month: Rupa Mehta

Rupa Mehta, Data Analyst/Report Writer, Enroll Plan & Admin, Office of the Provost is the February employee of the month. Photo by: Ron Aira/Creative Services/George Mason University

Heartfelt congratulations to Rupa Mehta, Enrollment Planning and Administration, Office of the Provost, for being selected as the February 2017 Employee of the Month. Read more about Rupa in this Mason News article.

Do you know a superstar? Make sure they receive the deserved recognition, and submit a nomination for Mason’s Employee of the Month. Additional information can be found on the Human Resources and Payroll awards page.

Contact Reward and Recognition at with questions.

March 2017

March Staff Senate Meeting: Updates from Compliance, Diversity, and Ethics

Wednesday, March 1
Noon to 2 p.m.
Fairfax: Innovation Hall, Room 334
Arlington: Founders Hall, Room B119 (videoconferenced)
SciTech: Bull Run Hall, Room 254 (videoconferenced)

Guest Speakers:

  • Julian Williams, Vice President of Compliance, Diversity, and Ethics
  • Jennifer Hammat, Title IX Coordinator

Guest speakers begin at noon, followed by time to ask questions, express concerns, or offer feedback about issues concerning Mason staff.

Submit a question for the guest speakers in advance (, or attend the meeting to participate in the discussion.

For questions, contact

March 2017

Mason Advisor Certificate Program: Spring Registration Open

The Mason Academic Advisor Network (MAAN) is excited to announce the spring schedule for the Mason Advisor Certificate Program (MAC). The MAC Program seeks to enhance and develop the Mason academic advising experience. Modules address the informational, conceptual, and relational aspects of academic advising. The program provides a cohesive curriculum centered around topics related to advising approaches, Mason policies and procedures, advising tools, university resources, developing an advising philosophy, and more.

Visit the website for module descriptions and the full schedule. Participants may register at

Questions? Contact Smriti Kansal at or Erin McSherry at

March 2017

HireMason Training: March 17

Does your office or department have on-campus student jobs to advertise? Last year, over 15,000 students logged into HireMason searching for jobs!

Discover the benefits of using HireMason to connect with students by attending University Career Services’ upcoming HireMason Workshop. This session will offer a detailed demonstration of how to post a job in the HireMason system.

The first 10 people in the door will receive materials for their student employees to celebrate National Student Employment Week (April 10-14).

Register online. For questions, contact Raechel Timbers at or 703-993-4021.

March 2017

Mental Health First Aid: March Training Dates

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) and University Life are pleased to offer Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Training at no cost to members of the Mason community. MHFA is a program designed to provide participants with basic skills to help someone experiencing a mental health or substance use-related crisis. MHFA helps you to learn risk factors and warning signs for mental health and addiction concerns. The session covers depression and mood disorders, anxiety disorders, trauma, psychosis, and substance use disorders.

An upcoming training will be held on March 14 and 15 (1 p.m. to 5 p.m. both days). Register online. Participants must attend both days of training.

For questions, contact Katie Clare at

March 2017

Updates from University Libraries

Save the Date: Music Library Grand Opening

The Music Library will be having a Grand Opening on March 21 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Fenwick Library. All music collections (including books, scores, and CDs) left their long-time home in the Gateway Library and have now returned to the second floor of Fenwick Library.

#MarchIntoMusic with us with

  • a musical parade from DeLaski to Fenwick at 1:30 p.m.
  • performances by the Mason Traditional Jazz Ensemble from 1:45 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. in the south lobby of Fenwick
  • a gallery talk at our new Gilbert and Sullivan exhibition from 2:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • digital demos by Alexander Street Press and Oxford Music Online throughout the afternoon (from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.).

For more information, contact Steve Gerber, Music and Theater Librarian,, 703-993-9051.

Well-Being Resources from University Libraries

These resources—and many more—are provided by the University Libraries for current Mason faculty, students, and staff. To search the possibilities, visit the Libraries’ lists of online resources or contact a subject specialist.


Supporting Career-Ready Graduates

The University Libraries are helping Mason students become career-ready graduates by providing full, complimentary access for all Mason students to a variety of career-related resources. Using their Mason log-on credentials, students can:

  • Research the companies they are interested in using Mergent Online, a collection of financial information covering over 400,000 companies. Students can read in-depth reports, follow current company news, and investigate prospective employer’s competitors in the public and private sectors.
  • Gear up for their new career with the Vault Online Career Library. Students can get industry-specific information and career advice; browse guides on resume-writing and cover letters; or search Vault’s job board for postings.
  • Organize their job search with CareerShift, a search tool that returns results from dozens of career sites and job boards. Students can search by job title, company name, keyword, and location—then save their results and manage their application documents in one place.

For more information on career resources available, consult the University Libraries Career Resources guide or reach out to University Career Services.

March 2017

From Our Friends in Human Resources and Payroll

Financial Well-Being – Take Action During America Saves Week: February 27–March 4

America Saves Week (ASW) is a fantastic opportunity for faculty and staff to sample some of the terrific financial education that is available through Mason. TIAA and Fidelity Investments are offering webinars on a range of financial topics during ASW (you don’t have to be a member in either to participate). And, America Saves Week planners are offering a chance to win $1,000 in their #ImSavingFor contest.  Head to Mason’s Financial Well-Being portal and scroll to Special Programs for details.

Additionally, take advantage of on-site individual retirement counseling. TIAA, Fidelity, and ICMA-RC are on campus regularly. For the schedule, visit the portal or find the information directly on Human Resources and Payroll’s individual retirement counseling page.

Contact Life/Work Connections at with any questions.

Social Well-Being: Mason Kids Club

Mason Kids Club will be available for elementary school age children in Merten Hall on multiple dates throughout the academic year. Similar to our Spring Break camp and Bridge camp programs, the Kids Club will be filled with fun activities for your child to enjoy!

Join any time. Upcoming Kids Club dates include:

  • Friday, March 24 (Fairfax County Teacher Work Day)
  • April 10-14 (Spring Break)
  • April 17 (Fairfax County Student Holiday)

The Kids Club runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Kids bring their own lunch. For more information, check out the Kids Club flyer or contact Tina Morris at or 703-993-5807. To register, visit

Aging in Place: Do Not Blame the House

Join Patrice Winter of the College of Health and Human Services on Wednesday, March 22, at 11:30 a.m. as she addresses easy-to-do modifications and more complex suggestions for better aging in place. Patrice will also address how to work with changes in sight, balance, and physical abilities that may come with aging, and how you can make your house work for you. Sponsored by the Retired Faculty Association. To register, visit

Tax Season Underway: Watch Out for Scams

With tax season underway, beware of those who are looking to scam or phish. The IRS has released information about an ongoing W-2 scam (click here for additional information). Use caution when conducting tax transactions online.

For additional resources, visit the IRS website. Contact Mason’s Life/Work Connections team for additional resources or questions.

March 2017

Trevor Noah at the Center for the Arts: Faculty/Staff Special Pricing

Trevor Noah of The Daily Show will be at the Center for the Arts on April 21 at 8 p.m., sponsored by the Office of Student Involvement.

Tickets are currently on sale, and Student Involvement is offering special pricing to faculty/staff:

$45 or $35, Mason faculty/staff (limit 2 per ID)

For important details, visit

March 2017

Financial Well-Being Seminar: Your Credit Report

Join Sarah Lieu of Apple Federal Credit Union for a Financial Well-Being Seminar on credit reports on Thursday, March 9, at 12 p.m.

Credit reports and credit scores influence our lives in many ways. Your history of credit management affects the cost of loans, your ability to rent or buy a home, the insurance rates you are offered, and even your future employment opportunities. By understanding the world of credit reports, you can create positive credit standing and good scores to achieve your goals quickly and at the least expense.

This session will be videoconferenced to Arlington and SciTech. Register online.

For questions, contact or 703-993-2600.

March 2017

Mason Administrative Professionals (MAP) March Meeting

The next Mason Administrative Professionals (MAP) meeting will be held on March 21 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Merten Hall, Room 1204. Our guests will be Mike Laskofski, Associate Vice President of Research Operations, and Pat Sperry, Associate Director of Outreach and Systems Administration. They will present an overview on the Office of Sponsored Programs. Deb Crawford, Vice President of Research, will also share additional information about research initiatives at Mason.  

The MAP group welcomes anyone working at George Mason who considers themselves to be in an administrative professional role. 

For questions, contact Lynne Paraggio at 703-993-3844 or